Iron Shiek

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Real Name - Hossein Kosrow Vaziri
Birthdate - 3/15/??
6' 262 lbs. - Atlanta, GA

Aliases - Great Arab Hussien, Ali Vasiri, Colonel Mustafa

Athletic background - Greco-Roman Wrestling (Olympic Trials)

Teachers - Verne Gagne, Wahoo McDaniel, Billy Robinson (`72 Camp)

Professional background - AWA(`7?), New Zealand(`77), Portland(`78), Vancouver(`78), WWWF(`79), Canada(`80), Mid-Atlantic(`81-`82), WWF(`83-`87), JCP/NWA(`89), Indies(`90-)

Groups - Triangle of Terror

Peak Years - `79-`84

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Camel Clutch

Favorites -
- Gutwrench Suplex
- Abdominal Stretch
- Headbutt to Gut
- Kick
- Slap

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4
science - 3
aerial - 1
power - 8
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 7
selling - 5
bumping - 6
carrying - 7
heat - 9
legacy - 7

Serious Injuries - Knees

Place in History - One of wrestling's greatest villain characters, who's fame goes far beyond any actual ability he had. Hossein Vaziri was a top flight Greco-Roman wrestler who's actual accomplishments are largely blown over time: he was eliminated in Iran's trials and never got medal for his homeland. He did ironically serve as an assistant coach on the US Olympic team that went to Munich. There he amongst other people were recruited by Verne Gagne. Though a great athlete, Vaziri was a junior heavyweight and never pushed much in his early years. He turned into a good worker by going to small man companies and eventually discovered steroids amongst other drugs. The Iron Shiek as he became known and ballooned up to a weight that afforded him pushes to the top. The Shiek toured around the North and eventually was brought in by Vince McMahon to help the company he was planning on sending national. Feuding with Sgt. Slaughter (the most popular character in wrestling) and holding the WWF title briefly made him the national star that constructed a legacy he's been riding ever since.

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